Aug 9, 2012; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Jabar Gaffney (10) on the side line during the third quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots won 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

New England Patriots Jabar Gaffney injured in practice

Jabar Gaffney is battling for the New England Patriots No. 3 wide receiver role, but he has failed to gain separation from the competition. It is still anyone’s game among Gaffney, Deion Branch, Donte’ Stallworth, and even Julian Edelman. The third wideout won’t receive a big role in the Patriots offense with Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski set to receive a huge amount of targets, but it’s still nice to get up there on the depth chart.

After beating Devin McCourty in practice, Jabar Gaffney failed to finish making the play and limited to the sidelines on his own (that’s a good thing). However, the bad news is that he has injured his right quad but was at least able to stay for the entire practice. The extent of the injury is unknown, but it’s certainly not going to help Gaffney’s chances.

As far as the other receivers go, Branch has had a good camp while Stallworth has been uneven. He is easily the most athletic of those receivers and still has good speed, but he is far too inconsistent and has dropped a lot of passes in practice. He dropped three or four two days ago and was barely played in yesterday’s practice as a punishment.

Due to the uncertainty at the position beyond Brandon Lloyd and Wes Welker, it’s bad news indeed to hear that Gaffney, who was the early favorite to win the job, is injured. Hopefully it isn’t anything major, we need all the bodies we can get at the position before making cuts.

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